I’m generally not much of a crier in most situations. That said there are a few things that do break that rule. I’ve found myself getting a little bit misty on occasion on airplanes. At least it seems that I’m not alone in that regard.
I recently read an article in The Atlantic that discussed this phenomenon. Obviously some movies are pretty sad, but I wouldn’t expect many of those to be shown on planes. A long time ago, I stupidly decided to watch Marley and Me on board. As a dog owner, this was a bad idea (spoiler alert). Thankfully this was on a long flight between San Francisco and Sydney, and I was in a First Class suite, so there was sufficient privacy that I don’t think anyone else saw (or heard) me bawling my eyes out at the end.
The premise of the above article is that the aloneness of flight may increase emotions, and make people more prone to cry at something that normally wouldn’t have that effect. It is as good of an explanation as anything else, at least I’m going to tell myself that.
I’m sure I’m not the only traveler more prone to crying when at altitude. So my question is, will you admit to it?